This month's list of endorsed candidates features several talented and accomplished women, all running in statewide and local races. WCF will be with them throughout the campaign season, as we work together to achieve gender equality in elected office.
This month was especially exciting, as we garnered a dramatic increase in applications for WCF's endorsement. We were also able to endorse women previously in our "Women Worth Watching" program, a distinction that gives guidance to women candidates during the earliest stages of our endorsement process.
In the coming month, WCF will continue our support of Secretary Elaine Marshall, who faces a runoff election on June 22nd and of Terri Sewell, who faces a runoff election on July 13th. Both are extraordinary women that deserve your support.
All the best,
Erin L. Cutraro
Vice President & Political Director
Women's Campaign Forum
PS: In honor of Father's Day, please sign our petition to get more women in government, to benefit all families!
Yvette McGee Brown is running for Lt. Governor of Ohio. She is the founding President of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital and an active leader in the central Ohio community. She served as a judge in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Court, from 1993 to 2002. She was the first African-American and the second woman to be elected to the court. In 2002, Brown retired from the Franklin County Common Pleas Court to create the Center for Child and Family Advocacy. The Center is a multi-disciplinary child abuse and family violence program that co-locates prevention, assessment, treatment, research, advocacy, and education services for children and families experiencing abuse. To learn more, visit Yvette McGee Brown's campaign website.
Gina Raimondo is running for Rhode Island State Treasurer. Raimondo attended Harvard University where she was recognized as the top economics student and awarded a Rhodes Scholarship towards her doctorate at Oxford University. In 1998, Raimondo graduated from Yale Law School. Over the last 10 years, Raimondo and her partners have developed Point Judith Capital, an investment business she co-founded into a thriving firm, investing millions of dollars in over 20 start-up companies. At Point Judith Capital, she has worked with entrepreneurs to translate their innovative ideas, products and services into thriving healthcare and technology businesses, creating hundreds of new jobs in the process. Raimondo is an active member on the board of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, where she leads the board committee on quality of care. To learn more, visit Gina Raimondo's website.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice is running for Attorney General of New York. She was the first woman elected DA in Long Island's history in 2005. Rice's nationally recognized effort to combat drunk driving has led to statewide changes in DWI law. In 2008, CBS's 60 Minutes profiled Rice's work to reduce drunk driving, sparking a renewed national debate on local law enforcement's role in DWI prevention, prosecution, and education. In 2007, Rice launched an innovative, community-oriented strategy to eliminate one of Long Island's most prolific drug markets. The strategy paired traditional law enforcement methods with progressive social service diversion, job training, and education opportunities. The strategy was profiled nationally on ABC's PrimeTime and has since been adopted by the U.S. Department of Justice, where it has been utilized by communities throughout the country. To learn more, visit Kathleen Rice's website.
Shiva Farivar is running for Irvine City Council in California. Farivar was born in Iran, where she lived until she was three. Her active civic life began in 2005 when she was given the opportunity to work as the Mayor of Irvine's Executive Assistant. In that capacity, Farivar served as a community liaison, working directly with local educational, cultural, and non-profit institutions. In 2007, then Mayor Beth Krom appointed Farivar to serve on the Irvine Community Services Commission, where she has served as Chair since 2008. To learn more, visit Shiva Farivar's website.
Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan is running for re-election in Georgia's House of Representatives, 39th district. Morgan made history at age 23 by becoming the first African-American to serve in the Georgia House of Representatives for Cobb County. Elected to her fourth term in November 2008, Morgan remains the youngest female member of the entire Georgia General Assembly. Morgan has become a statewide leader in the movement for education reform, bringing together an alliance of civil rights activists, education advocates, and faith communities to work with both parents and students to bring change to Georgia's education system. An advocate for more parental options in education, Morgan was instrumental in passing HB 881 during the 2008 legislative session which created the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, offering an alternate route for groups and companies seeking to establish charter schools. To learn more, visit Alisha Morgan's website.
Brittany Novotny is running for a seat in the Oklahoma House, District 84. In 2007, she started her own law practice in Oklahoma City focusing on employment and civil rights law, while also doing pro bono work for several clients. As a volunteer organizer Novotny has also been an active member of the Oklahoma Democratic Party. As a member of the Young Democrats, she serves as a National Committeewoman. In 2009, RAIN Oklahoma presented Novotny with the Leadership Award for Community Action. Novotny also serves on the community advisory board for S.K.I.L. (Supporting Kids in Independent Living). Novotny also was honored by her colleagues with the Young Democrats of Oklahoma 2010 Woman of the Year award. To learn more, visit Brittany Novotny's website.
Representative Su Ryden is running for re-election in Colorado's General Assembly, District 36. Serving her first term, Ryden represents the area of east-central Aurora, and serves on two legislative committees, Business Affairs & Labor Committee and the Judiciary Committee. She has also served on the Aurora Fox Arts Center Board and the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission. She has been awarded the Aurora Chamber Women in Business "Unsung Hero" Award, the Aurora Historic Preservation Commission Elizabeth Johnson Award, and the University of Denver McDonough Award for Outstanding Service to Alumni. To learn more, visit Su Ryden's website.
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